SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages in Cape Verde).

Assomada is located on São Tiago, the largest island of Cabo Verde, about 64 km north of the capital Praia. It is home to 12,000 inhabitants and is one of the most important commercial centres in the country. In recent years, many people have moved here in search of work. However, climate change makes agriculture an uncertain source of income. Many families live in poverty, and when the harvest fails, food becomes scarce. In addition, women and children here are at risk of violence.

Since 1984, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families, and advocating for their rights in Assomada.

Of children are affected by stunting

Conditions for farming are difficult

Assomada and its surroundings are heavily dependent on agriculture. However, due to the scarcity of natural resources, frequent droughts and limited productivity, the yield is very low. In many cases, people cannot easily make a living from agriculture. Income is low and there is not enough food for everyone. This is particularly dangerous for children, as they do not receive enough nutrients to grow healthily. Cabo Verde is still heavily dependent on imported food, which is not affordable for everyone on the islands.

Of people justify domestic violence

Women and children are at risk

The United Nations has expressed deep concern about a number of issues related to the protection of children and women in Cape Verde, including the risk of physical abuse of women and children, as well as sexual abuse and widespread child labour. Especially in rural areas such as Assomada and its surroundings, women, and therefore children, are the main victims of poverty and violence.

Your support makes a difference for children in Assomada

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Ulisses is nineteen years old and joined SOS Children's Village Assomada in 2002. At the piano, Ulisses feels free. ‘At the moment, playing the piano is just a hobby. I want to finish school, get a degree and in a few years, if I have the opportunity to take a piano course, I would be very happy to see where that could take me’ (photo: SOS Children’s Villages in Cape Verde).

How your support helps in Assomada

Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.